The Green Elephant Backpackers has been running since June 1994 from the heart of lively Observatory. This accommodation is committed to low impact, sustainable tourism to preserve our natural beauty for the next generation.
Green Elephant Backpackers fitted a solar water heating system in 2004, recycle as much of their waste as possible and was the first backpackers in South Africa to fit a greywater system.
An energy audit was completed in 2002 and they have an environmental management plan to address all areas of energy use including electricity, water heating and insulation. Water consumption is reduced through low flow showerheads and rainwater is diverted to a storage tank for use on the garden and topping up the pool. All staff are educated about the Environmental Management Plan, sign it and are committed to abiding by it.